Preparing children for school with the Birth to Three Program

PROGRAM STAFF–Pictured are the staff members of the Randolph County Birth to Three Program. They are: Program Supervisor Rachel Marshall, Red Bud Area Coordinator Melissa Duncan, Sparta Area Coordinator Vicki Thompson and Chester Area Coordinator Lindsey Hargis. The free program is designed to assist parents and children ages birth to three years old to prepare for school. Jim Beers photo

By Jim Beers

Randolph County is offering free services to families, including expectant mothers and children to age three, with the skills and resources to help children enter grade school prepared to learn and succeed through the use of various program components.

Program Supervisor Rachel Marshall said, “We are looking for families in Randolph County to take advantage of our Birth to Three Program. We are reaching out to interested families and individuals who want to help prepare their young children, birth to three years of age, to prepare for school. Our services are free and there are resources available to people in the entire Randolph County area.”

The Birth to Three Program has a mission to provide basic information and activities about parenting skills, parent/child interactions and child development in order to help children enter grade school prepared to learn and succeed.

Marshall added, “We value the importance of the positive parent /child relationships. Our goal is to provide families with the skills and resources to make their dreams a reality.”

The Birth to Three Program has staff located in three basic locations including Chester, Red Bud and Sparta.

For more on this program, please see this week’s print edition.